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  • ARENA HEARINGS HEAT UP IN DALLAS

         A hearing in Lewisville, TX, to decide whether or not there
    should be a half-cent sales tax increase to fund a sports arena
    drew a "standing-room only" crowd Tuesday night.  The vote, which
    will take place on January 21, calls for a raise in sales tax from
    7.25% to 7.75% to fund a $40M bond issue for a sports arena.  The
    arena will be built only if the city of Dallas fails to negotiate
    a deal to keep the Mavericks (Kim North, DALLAS MORNING NEWS,
    1/11).   On Wednesday, "several members" of the Dallas City
    Council said "they were angry with the Stars for helping fund" the
    Lewisville campaign.  A memo was sent to City Attorney Sam Lindsay
    asking what legal action could be taken against the Stars if they
    "opt not to play at Reunion Arena."  Stars President Jim Lites:
    "We're just trying to protect our own interests"  (Sylvia
    Martinez, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 1/12).
    

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  • NEW BASEBALL STADIUM IN SEATTLE? -- DOLLAR QUESTIONS REMAIN

         The King County Stadium Alternatives Task Force met Wednesday
    in Seattle and "endorsed a new home for the Mariners."  The plan
    calls for "35% to 45% financing by private money and the rest from
    a combination of user taxes" -- such as admission fees, car-rental
    taxes, and a tax on alcohol and tobacco.  But before the vote
    could be cast, Ron Sims, Vice Chair of the County Council's Fiscal
    Management Committee, said that any increase in tax "should be
    approved at the polls."  Other county officials agreed saying that
    although people want the Mariners to stay, it's going to take a
    lot of public support.  Within the next week King County Exec Gary
    Locke will put together a "meeting of political leaders" from the
    County Council, Seattle City Council, state Legislature and
    Governor's office.  Locke "acknowledged a major selling job will
    be required to convince legislators the state should support the
    stadium plan."  The Mariners have said that "unless ground is
    broken for a new stadium by 1996, they will not sign a new lease
    to keep the team in Seattle."  The team's current lease at the
    Kingdome expires in '96 (Bill Knight, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER,
    1/12).
    

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  • NUGGETS-CITY OF DENVER ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT

         The Nuggets announced an agreement with the city of Denver
    yesterday to build a "privately financed $132 million state-of-
    the-art downtown arena."  Construction is scheduled to begin in
    May so that the arena will be finished in time for the start of
    the '97-'98 NBA season.  It will be located about five minutes
    from the Nuggets current home, McNichols Arena.  As part of the
    plan, COMSAT Corp., owner of the Nuggets, will build a $20M TV and
    film production studio next to the arena in partnership with
    Denver-based TCI.  The deal is pending approval from Denver City
    Council and COMSAT's board of directors (Thomas Heath, WASHINGTON
    POST, 1/13).
    

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  • REPORT SAYS COUNTY WOULD BENEFIT FROM NEW SKINS STADIUM

         A report due to be released today commissioned by the Anne
    Arundel Economic Development Corp on the proposed Redskins stadium
    in Laurel, MD, concludes that the stadium "would generate $8.4
    million a year in state and Anne Arundel County taxes -- enough to
    pay for required roads, sewer and water lines with enough left
    over to build a new elementary school every year or hire more than
    80 additional police officers" (John Morris, Baltimore SUN, 1/13).
    

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